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Welcome Reception for EVP Cliff Stanley

Join President Judith Rodin as she welcomes Executive Vice President Cliff Stanley to Penn on Thursday, November 14, noon-2 p.m. at Blanche Levy Park on College Green. There will be live music, and light refreshments will be served. Rain location is Houston Hall.

If there is inclement weather, check Almanac's web site to find out if the rain location is being used.

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Community Involvement Award Nominations: December 2

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Penn is once again sponsoring Community Involvement Awards. The Awards honor members of the Philadelphia community whose community service best exemplifies the ideals Dr. King espoused. Four awards in total will be presented; two will go to members of the Penn community (students, faculty or staff), and two will honor members of the broader community. The awards will be presented on January 23, 2003 as part of the University's commemoration of the King Holiday.

We seek your help in nominating individuals whose work most merits recognition. Please share this information with others in your schools, departments, and organizations, so that we may identify those most deserving of this award. Nomination forms may be submitted through Monday, December 2, 2002. The nomination form is available on-line at and should be submitted to the African American Resource Center.

For more information call (215) 898-0104. If you wish to submit the form on-line, please send it to Machamma Quinichett at

-- Anita Gelburd, Co-Chair, Community Involvement Awards Committee

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Benefits Questions?

Questions about your health and welfare or retirement benefits? The Division of Human Resources wants to make sure you have all the information you need when you need it. Access benefits information on-line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; or contact one of our call centers during business hours to speak to a representative directly.

Visit the Human Resources web site at to view in-depth information on benefits, as well as to access benefits forms. Or log on to the on-line benefits enrollment web site at to review your current health and welfare benefit elections or to make a change to your benefits due to a life event change. Both sites are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need to speak to a representative directly, contact one of our call centers for assistance:

  • For general questions on medical, dental or other health and welfare benefits, contact the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENNBEN (1-888-736-6236), Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • For general retirement questions or issues, contact the Retirement Call Center at 1-877-PENN-RET (1-877-736-6738), Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

-- Division of Human Resources

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Release Time to Attend Council Committee Meetings

To the University Community:

The University encourages both citizenship and service to the broader organization. To support that effort, it is strongly encouraged that maximum flexibility and release time for staff attendance at the meetings of University Council Committees is provided. We encourage staff members and their supervisors to work together to allow release time while recognizing that the operational needs of the school/center take precedence. We encourage staff members serving on University Council Committees to provide as much notice as possible for the need to schedule release time for attendance at Council Committee meetings.

--Judith Rodin, President

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LUCY Route: New Route to 40th and Midday Express

Lucy bus

Midday Express service has increased to every 20 minutes (from every 30 minutes). A number of stops were eliminated, but passengers can now expect more "express" from the Express. Green Loop service has been restored during midday. The new route extends to 40th Street for better access to the parking garage and Freshgrocer as well as to The Bridge cinema de lux and the other new amenities in that area. Gold Loop routing goes west to 42nd Street. The changes take effect on Monday, November 18. See and Paper schedules will be available Thursday, November 14.

The route loops through University City serving 30th Street Station, Penn, Drexel, the Science Center, PennMedical Center, Presbyterian Medical Center, CHOP, Children’s Seashore House, and VA Medical Center. LUCY runs Monday-Friday, (except major holidays) 6:10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It leaves 30th Street Station every 10 to 30 minutes. Employees and students of Penn, UPHS, and VA Medical Center only need valid institutional ID. Trans or TrailPass, transfer, or $2 base fare for others. LUCY has a wheelchair lift and two wheelchair tie-downs.

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Kicking Off the Penn’s Way Campaign

Penn's Way Logo

For information about the Penn’s Way 2003 Campaign call (215) 746-GIVE or e-mail or visit the campaign’s web site on line at

Week 1 Raffle Prizes

There will be eight winners in the first of the weekly raffle drawings. Pledge cards must be returned by noon on November 15 to be eligible for the first drawing. Winners will be contacted November 22.

Three winners: the book, A Photographic Portrait, from Creative Communications.

Three winners: $30 certificate for The White Dog Café and $10 for The Black Cat.

One winner: six $5 certificates from Izzy and Zoe’s.

One winner: two sets of two tickets to two wrestling matches, 1/19/03 vs. Penn State, and 2/22/03 vs. Princeton.

Corrections: The wrong name was listed as coordinator for the Executive Vice President’s Center; this year’s coordinator is Tanya Christian. There were two prizes that were not described correctly: the Epson printer is model C-66 and the grand prize is an IBM Think Pad laptop computer.

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Volunteers for ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Art has internships or volunteer opportunities for the spring semester in: Curatorial, Development, Public Relations, Education and Administration. Candidates must be detail-oriented, possess strong people skills and available during the work week hours. Some positions require some evening hours for special events. Excellent experience for people seeking involvement in the contemporary arts. These are all unpaid positions. Hours are flexible.

Please contact Denise Berry, Special Events and Sales Coordinator at or mail cover letter/resume to ICA, 118 South 36 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

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Almanac Schedule

Almanac will be published on these Tuesdays: November 19 and November 26, as well as December 10 and December 17. Breaking news will be posted to "Almanac Between Issues" and the Express Almanac will be sent to those who have subscribed.

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  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 12, November 12, 2002